Electoral Commission of Zambia has clarified that the amended constitution has no provision for inmates to vote.
ECZ Director Priscillah Isaac said no prisoners, both convicted or on remand cannot be allowed to vote as prisoner voting falls outside the provision of the amended constitution.
Ms. Isaac said the Ministry of Home Affairs will today issue a comprehensive statement on the matter.
She said the Minister’s statement is incorrect and should be dismissed.
She was reacting to Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila’s recent statement that inmates will be allowed to vote in this August elections as long as they have voters cards.
Earlier today , the opposition FDD has described as illegal and unconstitutional the intentions announced by Home Affairs Minister to allow inmates to vote.
Speaking in an interview FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said the electoral act is clear on the matter of inmates voting.
“The announcement by the former Minister of Home Affairs, Davies Mwila that inmates with voters cards will be allowed to vote in the forthcoming general elections is illegal, unconstitutional and will not be tolerated.
“The Electoral Act is very clear that inmates/convicts and all those under police custody cannot be allowed to vote in the national elections.
“It is either Mr Mwila is not conversant with the provisions of the law or they deliberately want to mutilate the law to have convicts illegally vote for them,” he said.
He further challenged the ECZ to issue a categorical statement stating their position in the matter.
“We challenge the Electoral Commission of Zambia to issue a categorical statement clearly stating its position on this matter with regards to the provisions of the law,” he said.